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Change ID3 tags for MP3 file

Whats the easiest way for me to change the ID3 takes on an MP3 file. I'd like to take the file name and populate all the ID3 fields with it except for maybe the Album where I want it to read "lecture".


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i do not find a new way

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You could try iTunes, but....

I find that when I put album art into an mp3 in iTunes it shows up when I upload it to a phone, so that is definitely in the mp3. However, it seems that when I try to change the genre, while it is recognized within the iTunes environment and I think the iPod, the change isn't stored in the mp3 itself. So that program does save some id3 changes to the file itself, others it only notes in its database. I don't know for the life of me what determines which one it does.

What you are probably asking, and I as well, is what kind of editor can update the id3tags themselves and resave it, leaving the audio data itself alone, not recompressing it. I suspect Audacity will regenerate the mp3 from scratch, including audio, after you try to edit its id3s.

I did load an mp3 file into TextEdit and saw the id3 tags as readable text near the top of the file itself. So if you have a binary editor that lets you see text data, you may be able to hand-poke the id3 portion. I am assuming here that this information is not compressed along with the audio portion, but is just concatenated to the top of the file.


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Easy with Multi ID3 Tag editor
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Thank you!`

I've been curious about a program for creating ID3 tags for my original music.
This does the job nicely! Thanks!

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Changing ID3 Tags

I use Tag Scanner. It has so many options you will be amazed what it can do.
Get it from CNET Download site

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No software required! It's as easy as right-clicking.

Select as many files as you like and right click, choose properties, then details. Whatever you enter into the fields Genre, Artist, album, composer etc will appear in all the files you selected, so you don't have to go through track by track if you select multiple files at a time.

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Is Windows great or what?

Problem is, I'm using a mac.

Opening the Get Info window on an mp3 file doesn't provide anything for editing id3 information. It does show some id3 fields, but one of them is "authors" which is not a stock id3 field. I think they meant artist.

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Embed the file name in the ID3 tag. Rename the files based on ID3 info! Get album info/art from online databases!

The only ID3 editor I have on my computer is TagScanner. I've tried a lot of them (more than 20 I'm sure) and TagScanner is the best in class.

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Great. But...

I can hardly wait for something like this to come out for the Mac.
Garageband doesn't provide for setting the genre when exporting an MP3. So the genre field isn't included in the mp3 and iTunes just assumes it's "blues".

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I use MP3Tag which can be downloaded from here

It is fantastically easy and flexible. I found it when I had to change all my MP3 tags when I got a Nokia phone, and it was recommended on a Nokia forum for this purpose.

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the current score?

Windows scores again. It's now three zip.

I wonder if Applescript has commands to read and write binary information to files.

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